Alcatel-Lucent and the SEA-ME-WE-5 consortium are at long last ready to move beyond talk and into action. The Franco-American vendor has begun construction on its part of the cable system, which will supplant SEA-ME-WE-4's as the latest cable on this increasingly important submarine route.
When complete, SEA-ME-WE 5 will touch some 16 countries, with endpoints in France and Singapore and stops in Italy, Saudi Arabia, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Yemen, and Djibouti. And of course it will go through Egypt, which somehow managed not to get mentioned in the press release. With 100G from the get-go, it's design capacity will be a total of 24Tbps.
Alcatel-Lucent will be handling the segments between France and Sri Lanka, while NEC will be deploying the portion between Sri Lanka and Singapore.
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